Persistence Pays - Announcing the Winners of the 2012 Aviva Community Fund
Aviva Canada to fund 30 community improvement projects, including 11 grand
TORONTO, Jan. 29, 2013 /CNW/ - "Giving up was never an option," said Helen
Meinzinger, idea generator for Kaiden's Care Kits for Cystic Fibrosis out of
Russell, Ontario. "We learned from our experience and continued to build on
the momentum created from our first year in the Aviva Community Fund." After
making the finals of the Aviva Community Fund but not winning funding in 2011,
the Kaiden's Care Kits team is thrilled to be one of the 11 grand prize
winners of the 2012 Aviva Community Fund competition. Another of this year's
winners, The Children's First Playground from Inuvik, Northwest Territories,
was also a previous entrant in the Aviva Community Fund.
Aviva Canada, one of the country's leading providers of home, automobile,
recreational vehicle, group and business insurance, is pleased to announce the
11 grand prize winners of the 2012 Aviva Community Fund as selected by both a
panel of independent judges and the millions of votes cast by Canadians.
A total of $1,000,000 will be shared among projects such as a youth addiction
and support program in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia; a secondary school science and
nutrition program in Vancouver, BC; animal rescue programs in Spruce Grove,
Alberta and Sprucedale, Ontario; and a new splash pad in Canora, Saskatchewan.
New to the competition this year is $5,000 in funding donated to the charity
of choice selected by each finalist not receiving full funding. "We understand
the hard work that goes into participating in the competition. That's why this
year all 30 finalists will receive some funding for their project or a charity
that they designate doing similar work," said Maurice Tulloch, President and
CEO of Aviva Canada. "We also encourage all entries not receiving full funding
to build on the momentum gained during the competition to continue towards
Launched in September 2009, the Aviva Community Fund encourages Canadians to
share ideas and vote online at AvivaCommunityFund.org for causes that are
meaningful to their communities. After several rounds of voting to identify
Canada's favourite ideas, a panel of independent judges is tasked with
reviewing the causes and selecting the winners.
Within the $1,000,000 in funding are prizes for initiatives within two
specific categories; 1) groups supporting at-risk youth, 2) ideas supported by
an insurance broker. Both of these specific prize winners are noted in the
list below. "Our independent broker partners are a critical component of the
competition and we'd like to thank them for their continued support of
community improvement," Tulloch continued.
Aviva Canada congratulates the grand prize winners of the 2012 Aviva Community
The Children's First Playground: Where Arctic Kids can play - Inuvik,
Parents in Inuvik, NWT have come together to provide local children with a
high-quality pre-school in a purpose-built childcare space. However, the
critical space is missing a key component - a playground. Funding from the
Aviva Community Fund will enable the community to create a playground space
that aids in building imaginations, social, cognitive and physical skills for
Gladstone Greenhouse for Science and Foods Program - Vancouver, British
Vancouver's Gladstone Secondary School is in one of the most ethnically
diverse neighborhoods in Canada, with students from very mixed socioeconomic
and family backgrounds including many at risk youth. The school has started a
garden and uses the produce to help sustain their lunch program. The garden is
also an educational component of the schools' curriculum at which many
students volunteer. Aviva Community Fund support will be used for a greenhouse
at the school to expand this program.
Rescue for Life - Spay/Neuter Initiatives - Spruce Grove, Alberta.
Rescue for Life is a companion animal, no-kill, rescue group operated out of
Spruce Grove, Alberta. The organization adopts animals from all over Western
Canada, focusing on First Nations regions. Funding from Aviva will go towards
a spay and neuter program to help control animal populations.
*Broker Grand Prize Winner
Chase Kraynick "Pay it Forward" Splash Pad - Canora, Saskatchewan
The small rural farm community of Canora, Saskatchewan will be building a
Splash Pad in memory of local boy Chase Kraynick who was lost to a tragic
farming accident in 2011. Support from the Aviva Community Fund, combined with
the donation of the land and local community support, will enable local
families and friends to engage in healthy, barrier free fun in a new 3,400
square foot concrete pad with 18 splash components themed to reflect all the
things Chase loved. The pad is also dedicated as a reminder of the tremendous
difference random acts of kindness and generosity towards a complete stranger
Riehl Skate Park - Pelham, Ontario.
Spearheaded by the students of E.L. Crossley Secondary School, the Riehl Skate
Park will provide community youth a safe environment where they can gather and
stay active. The park is to be named after student Isaac Riehl, who was struck
by a car and killed while riding his skateboard. The school principal, mayor
and town council have all committed their support to the project, including
providing the land, ongoing maintenance costs and matching the Aviva Community
Fund contribution to the project.
Promoting Human Bear Coexistence - Education & Action - Sprucedale, Ontario.
The Bear With Us Sanctuary and Rehabilitation Centre has been caring for and
returning injured or orphaned bears to the wild for over 20 years. Funding
from the Aviva Community Fund will be used to construct a new enclosure to
contain adult wild bears that have been injured and to treat them before they
are returned to the wild. Additional funding will be used for outreach and
educational programs in schools and throughout the communities of Parry Sound
and Muskoka to raise awareness about Human Bear Coexistence.
Please Fill our Pool! A Swimming Pool for Smiths Falls - Smiths Falls,
For the citizens of Smiths Falls and the thousands of rural families living
close-by, there is no facility where they can learn to swim. The government
facility housing a pool closed, leaving the pool to rust and sit empty.
Support from the Aviva Community Fund will go towards re-opening the pool in
this economically devastated area. A local non-profit organization will
facilitate the repair, opening and management of the indoor pool.
Kaiden's Care Kits for Cystic Fibrosis - Russell, Ontario.
On average, every week in Canada two children are born with, and one person
dies from cystic fibrosis. In partnership with Cystic Fibrosis Canada,
Kaiden's Care Kits provide much needed medical supplies, support and
information to Canadian families of newborns diagnosed with this fatal genetic
disease that attacks the respiratory and digestive systems. The funding
provides for development and delivery of 100 kits to be issued over a one-year
period to clinics and families across Canada. The kit contains 24 essential
items, including medical, support and education materials.
Une vraie cour d'ecole pour ados! - Bois-des-Filion, Quebec.
Rive-Nord High School is home to over 1,100 students who come from different
suburban neighbourhoods north of Montreal, an area with a growing population
of more than 200,000. Long without an engaging outdoor area, support from the
Aviva Community Fund will enable the school to create a healthy outdoor space
with park benches, picnic tables, an equipped soccer field, and stimulating
meeting places including an amphitheatre and grass to offer students a quality
social and educational environment.
Fighting for Healthy, Affordable Food in North End Halifax - Halifax, Nova
North End Halifax is a diverse community of immigrants, refugees, emergency
shelters, transitional housing, drop-in centres and a growing group of middle
income condo dwellers. It has no grocery stores and it is a challenge for
residents to feed their families healthy food. Support from the Aviva
Community Fund will be used to run a new and innovative social grocery
enterprise providing a clean facility and selling a full range of fresh
fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, bakery products and groceries that are
affordable and healthy.
*At Risk Youth Grand Prize Winner
Undercurrent Youth Centre - Glace Bay, Nova Scotia
The Undercurrent Youth Centre exists to support area youth dealing with
addiction and making positive life decisions. Funding from the Aviva Community
Fund will help the centre build an outdoor basketball and skateboarding area,
a music room, a games room and a lunch room; install a gym sound system and
make general improvements to their auditorium.
-- The Drawing Hope Project - National
-- Exoskeleton for Trevor Greene, Canadian Veteran - Nanaimo,
-- Vera M. Walsh & Community of Lac La Biche Needs A New
Playground - Lac La Biche, Alberta
-- Silver Lake Camp "A small camp with a big impact" - Kinloss,
-- Harder 4 Carter: The Carter Antila Memorial Skate Park -
Temiskaming Shores, Ontario
-- Georgian Bay Turtle Hospital - Orillia, Ontario
-- Excellence for Us! - Toronto, Ontario
-- ET Crowle P.S. Ready, Set, Read Library Revitalization Project
- Markham, Ontario
-- 40 Hours and Beyond - Markham/Scarborough, Ontario
-- Stay Strong Nick Roma - Niagara Falls, Ontario
-- Reach Out to Street Youth!! Rejoingnez les Jeunes de la Rue!! -
-- Help Build the Animal Rescue Network's Purrfect Shelter -
-- Nouveau Gymnase Pour Notre Club du Gymnastique Les Hirondelle -
-- La Robotique Contre la Decrochage Scolaire - Rimouski, Quebec
-- The Compassion Project - Quispamsis, New Brunswick
-- Never Enough Room...Help us Help Even More - Moncton, New
-- A Shelter for HART - Aylesford, Nova Scotia
-- Hope for Wildlife, Marine Wildlife Rescue Center - Seaforth,
-- Happy Valley Goose Bay SPCA - Goose Bay, Labrador
**$5,000 will be allocated to each non-grand prize winning finalist for
contribution to a registered charity of their choosing doing similar work.
About Aviva Canada
Aviva Canada is one of the leading Property and Casualty insurance groups in
Canada providing home, automobile, recreational vehicle, group and business
insurance to more than three million customers. A wholly-owned subsidiary of
UK-based Aviva plc, the company has more than 3,000 employees, 25 locations
and 1,700 independent broker partners. Aviva Canada and its employees invest
in positive change including through the Aviva Community Fund and Eva's
Initiatives, its partner in Aviva's global Street to School program to help
homeless and other at-risk youth reach their potential.
For more information visit AvivaCommunityFund.org or the fund's Faceook page,
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